This Scottish city has been named sixth best in Europe by Lonely Planet

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Dundee has been named as one of the top 10 places to visit in Europe this year by Lonely Planet

From Paris and Amsterdam to Rome, Europe offers a lot of incredible destinations right on our doorstep for culturally (and culinary) great city breaks.

But, if like us, you’re on the hunt for somewhere less travelled and a lot less touristy then look no further than Dundee in Scotland.

Yes, that’s right, the relatively unknown Scottish city (fourth largest in Scotland) has found its way onto the map for travellers. The city, known locally as ‘Fundee’, was named fifth best place to visit in Europe in Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2018 list. 

In recent years, winners have included Leeds, Dordogne and Seville.

But this year the publisher deliberately attempted to tackle the issue of overtourism by picking out lesser-known and therefore less-visited European destinations. 

The coastal city earned its spot for its “head-turning” urban development and “dynamic, creative spirit”. In recent years the city has transformed its historic waterfront and plans to open a new branch of the V&A later this year.

The coastal city earned its spot for its “dynamic, creative spirit”

The Italian city of Emilia-Romagna secured the top spot due to its emergence as one of the best foodie spots in the country.

Also ahead of Dundee in the rankings were Cantabria in Spain and Friesland in The Netherlands.

“There is growing concern over the increase in tourism to popular European destinations, particularly over the busy summer months, so with this list we wanted to show that there are a wealth of incredible alternatives to discover across Europe,” said Lonely Planet editorial director, Tom Hall.

The city bested the likes of Vipava Valley in Slovenia, Small Cyclades in Greece and Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius.

Fancy a trip to Dundee? Scroll down to see some lovely Instagram snaps visitors have captured on their trips there. 

That’s 2018’s city break sorted then.

Images: Getty / Instagram 


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.